Toddlers learn how to make it rain
Raindrops keep falling on my head – but where does all that rain come from? Our Toddlers know!
In their current unit, Exploring We Will Go, the Toddlers have been learning all about how the world works, from animals and the different ways they look and communicate, to science in our everyday world, such as gravity, aerodynamics and coding. Last week, they talked about nature and focused on a very common weather occurrence in Florida - rain!
Miss Katie and Miss Stephanie first read the classic book written in 1947, It Looked Like Spilt Milk. This children’s picture book features a series of changing white shapes against a blue background.,. and the reader is asked to guess what the shape is or whether it is just "spilt milk." The white shapes include a rabbit, a bird, a pig, a sheep, a birthday cake, a tree, an ice cream cone, a flower, an angel, a squirrel, a mitten, and a great horned owl. Our Toddler teachers expanded this lesson into a cloud-watching activity, as the children lay on their backs outside and shared what they thought the clouds were forming. This, in turn, led to a discussion of how and why it rains.
Enter the shaving cream rain cloud experiment! Using water, shaving cream, and food coloring, the Toddler teachers were able to show our students exactly what happens when it rains. After filling a clear glass jar with water and topping it with a generous dollop of shaving cream, the teachers started dripping colored droplets into the “cloud” (the teachers explained that the water in the jar represented the air or sky, while the shaving cream represented the clouds).
Shares Miss Stephanie, “With this experiment we saw that as the water colors got heavier on top of the shaving cream clouds, the gravity pull made them fall down as rain does!”
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